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UCLA's Pauley Pavilion Reopens Nov. 9 After More Than Two Years Of Renovations
Published October 26, 2012
LET ME UPGRADE YA: ESPN L.A.’s Peter Yoon noted the renovation “added aesthetically pleasing new concourses spanning up to 40 feet wide that encircle the old building, add about 70,000 square feet of new space inside Pauley and allow plenty of room for fans to move around.” Much of that added square footage “includes several museum-like tributes to past UCLA athletic achievements.” The structure of the building inside “remained largely unchanged, but all of the seating is new, about 1,000 new seats have been added, a high-definition scoreboard now hangs at center court and LED ribbon boards encircle the top level.” The project included “digging out underground space for a 300-person banquet facility that will serve as a members-only Pavilion Club -- the only place on campus that serves alcohol -- for well-heeled donors.” The locker rooms feature “cherrywood lockers with electrical outlets in each locker and etched-glass name plates for every player.” Players also have “access to lounges with large, comfortable couches and chairs and big-screen televisions.” The building now has a “weight room for use by the basketball and volleyball teams and a high-tech, 24-seat theater room will allow coaches to break down film for the team” (ESPNLA.com, 10/25).